First of all, always make sure you listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. So, do what’s right for you. Not just with diet (as in what you eat, not a weight loss diet) and exercise, but with everything.
I started doing intermittent fasting last fall (in either October or November 2017) on a regular basis after doing a bit of research on my own. I liked the positive impact it had on digestive health and its detoxification effects, so those 2 factors motivated me to try it out.
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Basically, it’s a method of eating whereby in a 24 hour time span: You have 8 hours to do all your eating and the other 16 hours is for fasting (no food). For example, you’d eat your first meal at 2pm and be done all your eating by 10pm (no later).
Fasting has been around for thousands of years and has been mentioned throughout the Bible, practiced in Judaism and Islam. It’s also used in Ayurvedic medicine.
You can adjust your 8 hour eating window a bit to a 1pm – 9pm or 12pm to 8pm window of time. Obviously, your eating must fit your lifestyle, so if you went to bed at 10pm…you wouldn’t want to finish eating at or close to 10pm, right? Some people prefer only a 6 hour window to eat and 18 hours of fasting, so that’s an option for you too. So, you can adjust your eating time to suit your needs.
What’s The Benefit?
- More energy
- Fat loss
- lowers cholesterol
- Weight loss
- Feel lighter
- Look slimmer
- Balances hormones
- Your digestive system gets a rest from the endless eating that happens everyday.
How to Start Intermittent Fasting:
It’s easy, just select your 8 hour (or 6 hour) timeframe to eat your meals: 12pm to 8pm? Or, 1pm to 9pm? Or, 2pm to 10pm. Then, simply ensure you eat all of your meals and snacks in the specified 8 hour window. Also, you need to decide how often you’d like to do it: 2 days per week? 7 days in a row? Multiple times per month? You decide what works for you, but start small at first to get used to it. If you’re already a pro, then go nuts!
Handy Tips To Keep In Mind:
- Keep eating healthy meals as per usual (fruit, veggies, proteins, grains, healthy fats)
- Keep exercising as usual
- Stay hydrated (drink lots of water – seek out ‘live’ water such as spring water with mineral content or get an alkaline water stick: Santevia Water Systems Alkaline Water Stick (Made in Canada) as a more affordable option. This is the water stick I have been using for approximately 1 year now – see photo above)
- If you get hungry during fasting, drink water (coconut water is great too) or you can always adjust your 6 – 8 hour eating window to start eating (example: Instead of 2pm – 10pm, do 12pm to 8pm on a consistent basis).
I really like intermittent fasting. It’s easy. My diet is already quite healthy, so I didn’t have to change what I was eating. There’s no extra expense. It saved me time in the morning (no need to make or eat breakfast). I felt lighter in my body and more energetic. And lastly, I lost body fat without trying!
(Please note: I’m already a naturally petite sized person, I’m athletic, workout regularly, eat healthy and I don’t smoke or drink at all…..ever. So, that’s my lifestyle already going into intermittent fasting. Everyone is in different situations when they start).
Leave a comment below and let me know if you found this information helpful! Have you done any type of fasting before? Perhaps you’re not a fan? Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Cheers to your health,